The Bengals will play their first regular season game under offensive coordinator Hue Jackson on Sunday and the only thing we know for sure about his scheme is that it will be different than the one Jay Gruden employed for the last three seasons.
Just how different is a question that will remain unanswered until the Bengals take the field against the Ravens. Expectations are that Gio Bernard and Jeremy Hill will see a lot of work in the running game and that the team will rely less on passing than they did under Gruden, but Jackson’s not sharing which of the many stops on his resume will provide the biggest influence on this year’s offense.
“You got to do a little bit of whatever it takes to win,” Jackson said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Whether it is West Coast, East Coast, side coast, north coast, whatever coast. We’ll be whatever coast you need us to be to win games. It will be Bengal coast. That’s what it is going to be.”
The Bengals finished tied for sixth in the league in points scored last season despite 20 interceptions and an average rush of 3.6 yards. Improvement in those two areas should keep the scoreboard popping this season.